Bystander Intervention: Background and General Information

Construction-workers-on-streetThis section provides background and general information on the bystander approach to sexual violence.  Advocates, preventionists, and community members can use these resources to learn about bystander intervention and how it is an effective approach to preventing sexual violence.  

Bystanders: Agents of Primary Prevention (16 p.) by Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2010). This newsletter is entirely devoted to the bystander intervention approach to primary prevention and explores various campaigns.

Research on Bystander Programs Highlighted in Journal (webpage) by David Lee (2011).  This webpost discusses research on bystander intervention programs.  Listen to the accompanying podcast of the article.

Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (29 p.) by Paula McDonlad & Michael Flood (2012).  This report discusses how the bystander approach can be used to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Incorporating Evaluation into Media Campaign Design (9 p.) by Sharyn J. Potter with contributions from Brad Perry (2008).  This article discusses the importance of evaluation in the design of a media campaign in your bystander intervention work and provides examples of various media campaigns.

Moving Beyond Individual Level Bystander Intervention Strategies: Why & How? (2 p.) by Hannah Larson, Jennifer Rauhouse & Shana Tobkin (2011).  Through work with the STAND & SERVE initiative, these preventionists discuss making bystander intervention an action-oriented approach to prevention.

A Different World is Possible: Promising Practices to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (66 p.) By María Baños Smith (2011).  This report discusses 15 innovative case studies of promising prevention programs in the United Kingdom.  Programs highlighted include workshops with boys, programs working with drama groups and girls at risk, and training bystanders to intervene to challenge the attitudes of their peers. 

Sexual Violence Prevention Through Bystander Education: An experimental evaluation (19 p.) by Victoria L. Banyard, Mary M Moynihan, and Elizabethe G. Plante (2007).  This research article presents the results of a study evaluating the effectiveness of a bystander education program.  The study found that both men and women who participated showed positive changes in behaviors over time.

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Bystander Intervention: NSVRC Publications and Resources
Bystander Intervention: Online Learning Opportunities
Bystander Intervention: Campaigns and Programs